[Msa-discuss] CFP: FiMA Seminar at Louisville

Ella Ophir e.ophir at usask.ca
Mon Sep 25 23:44:05 EDT 2017

Call for Seminar Paper Submissions:

*"Women and Life Writing in the Era of Modernism" at the 46th annual
Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 (Feb. 22-24,

We are welcoming seminar paper proposals for the first Feminist
inter/Modernist Association <https://fima.bloomu.edu/> (FiMA) seminar at The
Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900
<http://thelouisvilleconference.com>, description below. Please send a
brief proposal (100-150 words) to Ella Ophir (e.ophir at usask.ca) and Laurel
Harris (lharris at rider.edu) by *Monday, Oct. 2*, along with the following
information: name (as it will appear in the program); home or institutional
address; institutional affiliation (if applicable); and a brief
biographical note.

Completed papers should be no more than 4 to 5 double-spaced pages, and
must be submitted to the seminar organizers by January 20 for circulation
to the group.

Please note that accepted participants will need to secure their place in
the seminar via conference registration in early November. Specific queries
about the conference itself should be directed to Alan Golding:
alan.golding at louisville.edu.

*"Women and Life Writing in the Era of Modernism"*

Diaries, letters, autobiographies, biographies, memoirs: this seminar
invites papers examining all forms of life writing created, edited,
reviewed, recovered, or interpreted by women in the modernist era. What was
the relative status of these different genres of life writing, and in what
ways did women leverage them? How did women define and assert the value of
such forms? How did they understand the relationship of life writing to
literature on one hand, and to history on the other? To what extent did
they seek to maintain or to elide such categorizations? This seminar aims
to develop recent work that begins remapping modernism through its complex
relations with life writing. Max Saunders’ *Self-Impression*, Maria
Battista and Emily O. Wittman’s *Modernism and Autobiography*, and John
Paul Riquelme’s special issue of *Modern Fiction Studies* have begun to
demonstrate how rich an array of modernist texts may be read anew in
connection with life writing, and how productive life writing can be as an
angle of inquiry into central issues in modernist aesthetics, psychology,
and cultural politics. This seminar will explore further how the various
forms of life writing were specifically inflected by gender, and how
engagements with life writing entailed distinct stakes, liabilities, and
possibilities for women writers.

Ella Ophir
Associate Professor, Department of English
College of Arts & Science | University of Saskatchewan
P. (306) 966-2056
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